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Agrimarketing : January-Febuary 2010
12 Agri Marketing January/February 2010 Daily Updates on www.AgriMarketing.com ASSOCIATION NEWS The National Corn Growers Association's Grower Services Action Team launches a farmer image and activism campaign with an overall goal of gaining public support on issues critical to farmers such as cap and trade legislation and ethanol issues. Dana Peterson is named CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers. She had been a policy and membership specialist at Kansas Wheat. The World Soy Foundation names Nathan Ruby as Executive Dir. He was with the Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation based in Rockford, IL, and prior with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Foundation. U.S. Grains Council names Keith H. Heffernan as Sr VP, Ops and Industry Relations. He was with the Farm Credit Administration and prior with Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa State University and USDA. The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers presents its 2009 Meritorious Service in Communication Award to Agri-Pulse Communications and it's Pres and Founder, Sara Wyant. The award acknowledges an individual, company, or association involved in promoting under-standing and goodwill between producers and consumers of agricultural products. The United Soybean Board votes to adopt a model that can serve future checkoff-funded efforts to increase U.S. soy exports. It seeks to more formally design a system that involves all exporters in the U.S. soybean industry, both in the form of the large as well as the smaller exporters to maximize those contributing to the U.S. soy market building efforts across our borders and overseas. The National FFA Foundation names Todd Greenwood Team Leader/Corporate Contributions. He takes over from J.R. Peterson, who has taken a management position with Syngenta. Greenwood previously had been with the NCAA Hall of Champions, Indianapolis Convention and Visitor 's Assoc. and currently serves on the Purdue Alumni Association's Board of Directors. The St. Louis Agribusiness Club names John Becherer (l), CEO of the United Soybean Board, as the winner of its 2008-2009 Ag Leader of the Year Award. Presenting him the award is the Club's Pres, Dan Malan, VP of CoBank. Dr. Barb Glenn joins CropLife America as VP, Science & Regulatory Affairs. She was with the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), and prior with the Federation of Animal Science Societies and the USDA. A Governance Task Force for The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) recommends a major structure change including development of a smaller board of directors, while retaining strong producer input through a new House of Delegates. The recommen- dation is being submitted for review and approval at the 2010 NCBA Annual Meeting. The National Association of Conservation Districts announces Jeff Eisenberg is its new CEO. He had been Exec Dir of the Public Lands Council. The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) presents its Retailer of the Year Award to Bob Willard, Willard Agri-Service, Lynch, MD. The award is sponsored by Monsanto, ARA and AgProfessional magazine and is a recognized symbol of quality and prestige. Also, ARA pays tribute to its late Pres/CEO, Jack Eberspacher with the Jack Eberspacher Lifetime Acheivement Award, which was renamed in his memory. Dave Coppess of Heartland Cooperative, Des Moines, IA, is honored with the Distinguished Service Award. AM Peterson Heffernan The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) opens its new head- quarters building in Ankeny, IA. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by (l to r) ISA CEO Kirk Leeds, Iowa Governor Chet Culver, ISA President Delbert Christensen and ISA Director John Heisdorffer. Coppess Willard
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